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Never write down to children – E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web QUOTES FOR WRITERS

child readingAnyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly. I handed them, against the advice of experts, a mouse-boy, and they accepted it without a quiver. In Charlotte’s Web, I gave them a literate spider, and they took that.

E.B. White (author of – among other things – Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Elements of Style, the bible of good writing for many Americans)

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5 comments on “Never write down to children – E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web QUOTES FOR WRITERS

  1. robbiesinspiration
    March 26, 2017

    This is very true. Shared on Facebook @SirChocolateBooks

    • bridget whelan
      March 26, 2017

      Thanks for sharing. The advice that you should write up for children struck a chord with me. I’d add to his list of characteristics that children also have an innate sense of justice. Don’t cheat them…

  2. Jennie
    March 27, 2017

    E.B. White is spot on. May I also add, never read down to children, always read up. And that is why I read Charlotte’s Web to my preschool class. It has been the favorite for years and years.

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